By Sharon Robb
IRVINE, Calif., July 26, 2018–Katie Ledecky of Stanford Swimming continued to show off her versatility Thursday night when she won the 200-meter freestyle at the USA Swimming Phillips 66 U.S. National Championships.
The Olympic gold medalist and world record holder won in 1:54.60 after going 1:56.83 in prelims, the third fastest time in the morning heats.
Ledecky raised eyebrows when she wore a practice suit in morning prelims. It’s not because she was that confident. She explained during a press conference that she ripped two racing suits before prelims and with time running out before her race she decided to throw on a practice suit.
In other races:
Andrew Seliskar won the 200-meter freestyle in 1:45.70, third fastest time in the world this year. He was fifth after the final turn but turned on the after-burners down the stretch.
Kelsi Worrell Dahlia won the 50-meter butterfly becoming the first American to make the 2019 worlds team. She won in 25.48, tying her own American record and breaking Dara Torres 2009 meet record of 25.50.
Kathleen Baker of Cal and Regan Smith tied in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:06.43. Baker also ripped two racing suits before her final. Bolles alum Ryan Murphy of Cal Aquatics won the men’s 200-meter backstroke in 1:54.15.
Micah Lawrence Sumrall of Chattahoochee Gold won the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:22.06.
Josh Prenot of Cal Aquatics, coming off a month-long shoulder injury, won the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:07.28.
Michael Andrew won the 50-meter butterfly in 22.93 and Bolles Caeleb Dressel was second in 22.97.
South Florida Aquatic Club’s Kathleen Golding, 17, was 54th in the 200-meter freestyle in a best time 2:02.25, dropping 0.03. It was the second of five events she entered.
Golding swims the 400-meter individual (4:50.65) on Friday and 200-meter individual medley (2:17.19) and 50-meter freestyle (26.35) on Sunday.
The senior championship meet is one of the biggest meets of the summer. The meet is the selection trials for the Aug. 9-12 Pan Pacific Championships in Tokyo. The U.S. 2019 FINA World Championship team will be chosen based on combined results from nationals and Pan Pacs.
It’s also a selection meet for Junior Pan Pacs, Pan American Games and World University Games.
Prelims are 9 a.m. and finals 6 p.m. Pacific Time, three hours behind South Florida.
The meet will be shown on the webcast of usaswimming.org, the Olympic Channel at nbcsports.com, NBC and NBC Sports Network.
Friday — Day 3, Olympic Channel (9 p.m.), NBCSN (11 p.m.)
Saturday — Taped footage, NBC (3 p.m.); Day 4, Olympic Channel (10 p.m.)
Sunday — Day 4, NCBCSN (1 a.m.); Taped footage, NBC (3 p.m.); Day 5, Olympic Channel (9 p.m.)
Monday — Day 5, NBCSN (6 p.m.)
Stream: NBCSports.com or NBC Sports app
200-meter freestyle: 1. Katie Ledecky, STAN 1:54.60, 2. Allison Schmitt, FORK 1:55.82, 3. Gabby Deloof, MICH 1:56.55; FGC: 31. Megan Moroney, CAV 2:00.77, 50. Kyla Valls, CAV 2:02.11, 54. Kathleen Golding, 2:02.25, time drop 0.03, 61. Mary Smutny, AKS 2:02.63.
200-meter breaststroke: 1. Micah Lawrence Sumrall, GOLD 2:22.06, 2. Bethany Galat, AGS 2:23.32, 3. Annie Lazor, MVN 2:24.42; FGC: None.
200-meter backstroke: 1. tie, Regan Smith, RIPT 2:06.43 and Kathleen Baker, TE 2:06.43, 3. Isabelle Stadden, AQ 2:08.24; FGC: 11. Megan Moroney, CAV 2:10.99.
50-meter butterfly: 1. Kelsi Worrell Dahlia, CARD 25.48, 2. Kendyl Stewart, TE 25.83, 3. Hellen Moffitt, TE 26.45; FGC: None
200-meter freestyle: 1. Andrew Seliskar, CAL 1:45.70, 2. Blake Pieroni, MVN 1:45.93, 3. Conor Dwyer, Unattached 1:46.08; FGC: None.
200-meter breaststroke: 1. Josh Prenot, CAL 2:07.28, 2. Andrew Wilson, TX 2:08.71, 3. Will Licon, TX 2:08.72; FGC: 31. Alex Evdokimov, CSSC 2:15.42.
200-meter backstroke: 1. Ryan Murphy, CAL 1:54.15, 2. Jacob Pebley, CAL 1:55.68, 3. Austin Katz, TX 1:56.12; FGC: 48. Miguel Cancel, AKS 2:03.25, time drop 0.40.
50-meter butterfly: 1. Michael Andrew, RPC 22.93, 2. Caeleb Dressel, Bolles 22.97, 3. Chatham Dobbs, FORD 23.38; FGC: None.
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